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  1. Introduction
  2. Mandate
  3. History
  4. Legal framework
  5. Area of competence
  6. Species and stocks coverage
  7. Members
  8. Structure
  9. EIMS Publications Database
  10. Media materials
  11. Contact
Introduction

Lake Tanganyika Authority is a regional fisheries advisory body established in 2008 upon the ratification of the “Convention on the Sustainable Management of Lake Tanganyika” to ensure the protection of biodiversity and the sustainable management of the natural resources in the Lake Tanganyika Basin, for a healthy environment that continues to harbour high levels of biodiversity and provide sufficient natural resources to sustain future generations. It applies to all elements of the ecosystem of Lake Tanganyika. In meeting its objectives, LTA seeks to ensure sustainable and healthy fisheries, including aquaculture, in Lake Tanganyika, by gathering information on fishing techniques and recommending best practices. The Convention provides a legal framework for joint management and implementation of harmonized laws and standards for sustainable use of natural resources and amenities of the Lake and its Basin. LTA regularly assesses between 20 and 30 fish stocks and provides advice for up to 10 fisheries.

Mandate

The purpose of the Authority is to co-ordinate the implementation of the Convention by the Contracting States and, in accordance with this Convention and the decisions of the Conference of Ministers, to advance and represent the common interests of the Contracting States in matters concerning the management of Lake Tanganyika and its Basin.

The main functions of LTA Secretariat as stipulated in the Convention are:

  • To carry out the tasks assigned to it by the Management Committee;
  • To regularly obtain and update information relevant to the implementation of the Convention and ensure that it is disseminated to all Contracting States;
  • To maintain databases of information as required by the Management Committee or the Conference of Ministers and to facilitate the exchange of information under the LTA Convention;
History

Lake Tanganyika and its basin have always been recognised as a global and threatened heritage. Several important initiatives have been undertaken in the last twenty years. The most recognised is the International Scientific Conference on Biodiversity Conservation of Lake Tanganyika, held in 1991. It has been a catalyst for many partnerships and initiatives aimed at further improving the knowledge necessary for the sustainable management of biodiversity and natural resources in the Lake Basin.

Besides, in the early 1990s, two projects were implemented. They were of great importance in laying the foundations for the Strategic Action Programme (SAP): The Lake Tanganyika Biodiversity Project (PBLT) and the Lake Tanganyika Research Project (LTRP).

These projects have enriched knowledge on the state of biodiversity and fisheries in Lake Tanganyika and highlighted the need for riparian countries to find joint management solutions to transboundary environmental threats.

There are four countries namely Republic of Burundi, Democratic republic of Congo, The United Republic of Tanzania and Republic of Zambia which recognised this need for joint actions and agreed to implement a Transboundary Diagnostic Analysis (TDA) and drafted the Convention on the Sustainable Management of Lake Tanganyika, signed on June 12, 2003, and ratified in November 2007.

This Convention provides a legal framework for regional cooperation and the establishment of harmonised laws and standards for the protection of biodiversity and the sustainable use of the natural resources of Lake Tanganyika and its basin. It also provides a formal framework for the establishment of the Tanganyika Lake Authority (LTA). The function is to coordinate the implementation of the Convention. Its primary mission is to ensure the protection and conservation of biological diversity and the sustainable use of the natural resources of Lake Tanganyika and its basin based on integrated management and cooperation between the Contracting States”

Legal framework Area of competenceThe Lake Tanganyika Basin.
LTA area of competence - National waters
The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of FAO concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its frontiers and boundaries. Dashed lines on maps represent approximate border lines for which there may not yet be full agreement.
Species and stocks coverageLittoral and pelagic species of the Lake Tanganyika. Members

Member: Burundi, Dem. Rep. of the Congo, United Rep. of Tanzania, Zambia.

Structure

Conference of Ministers: It is the Governing Body of the LTA. It adopts protocols, establish subsidiary bodies and amend the Convention. It provides policy direction to the Secretariat and Contracting Parties.

Management Committee: consists of three members appointed by each Contracting State. The Management Committee shall support, co-ordinate and monitor the implementation of the Convention. Among other, it implements the policies and decisions of the Conference of Ministers and provides scientific and technical advice to the Conference of Ministers.

Secretariat: coordinates the implementation of the Convention by the Contracting States, represents the common interests of the Contracting States. It is headed by the Executive Director. It is assisted of the Deputy Executive Director and by 4 Directors (administration and finance, environment, fisheries, monitoring and evaluation).

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Contact

Sylvain TUSANGA MUKANGA (Executive Director)

Secretariat de l’Autorite du Lac Tanganyika

Telephone: +257 22 27 35 80 ; +257 69 201 023 ; +243 847 258 079

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Contact

Focal point for fisheries-related Activities for LTA

Beatrice N. Marwa

Email: [email protected]

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: +257 22 27 3585

 
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